Lucky student wins iPad Mini at North Print & Pack
It was nice to see that young student Andrew Smith was able to visit at North Print & Pack in Harrogate last month, especially as he won an iPad Mini following a visit to the combined RCS, Screen and Conversion stand.
Andrew, a pupil at The Duchess’s Community High School in Northumberland, was visiting the show with fellow students Tom Burnett, Chris Gardner and Andrew Francis who were picking up a prize for Best Floor Graphic at the PrintIT! Awards event.
Andrew was attracted to the stand by the lifelike mobile phone models used for entries into the draw. These had been printed by RCS on the Screen Truepress JetSX B2 digital press, digitally embossed on a Scodix B2 digital embossing press and cut and creased digitally on the Highcon Euclid.
“This was my first visit to the show and I was really surprised by the wide range of printed products being shown and the different effects that could be achieved,” says Andrew. “The size of some of the printers took me by surprise too, I had no idea they were that big!”
Let’s hope the lad was suitably impressed by what he saw to consider making a career out of print.
Dantex to distribute Screen’s UV digital label press
Screen Europe announces the commercial launch of the Truepress Jet L350UV, its first UV digital label press, and the appointment of Dantex as European reseller for the new press.
Screen says the Truepress Jet L350UV is the fastest digital label press currently available at over 16 sqm of label stock per minute on a 350mm web and delivers photo-realistic quality, fast job turnarounds and stable output. Combined with colour management technology based on Screen’s EQUIOS universal workflow, the Truepress Jet L350UV creates smooth, vivid gradations.
To provide a wider colour gamut than is typical with the four-colour process, the Truepress Jet L350UV uses Screen’s proprietary high-definition UV inks. Optional opaque white ink further boosts colour vibrancy while enhancing application versatility by allowing printing on transparent film and metallic foil. The press incorporates single-pass greyscale piezo print heads with a minimum droplet size of 3 picolitres. Printing resolutions of 600 x 600dpi combined with the very small droplet size gives sharp, well-defined images and text.
The press is engineered as either a roll-to-roll press for near-line finishing, or with the ability to feature automated in-line finishing such as lamination, die-cutting, foiling, coating and embossing etc.
Dantex will distribute the press in Austria, Benelux, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Poland, Switzerland, Turkey and the UK.
Team Tamar finish fourth in brutal Triathlon charity challenge
Team Tamar Labels finished fourth in the bi-annual Samworth Brothers Charity Challenge 2013 Triathlon raising £xyz funds in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support.
The "In-traction" team, led by operations manager Ricky Hann, with colleagues Dave Helcoop, Paul Turner, and Craig Mulhollan cycled 44km, followed by a 10km canoe race, which was topped off by a gruelling 15km road race around Loch Lomond in Scotland.
According to team captain Ricky Hann, the mountain event was ‘brutal’ but all for a good cause after having raised over £2,000 in pre race support.
“This had to be the hardest thing that any of us have had to do,” he says. “Every stage was hard work and we were flat out for all of it, even when running down the mountain or cycling as fast as we could down the hills. It was brutal, exhilarating, enjoyable, and very hard work, but well worth the effort to raise much needed funds for Macmillan Cancer Support. Thanks to everybody who supported us.”
The team’s Just Giving webpage is still active should you wish to support Ricky and the team by making a donation via the team’s Just Giving webpage.
Team Tamar Labels Triathlon charity challenge
Tamar Labels has entered a team into the bi-annual Samworth Brothers Charity Challenge 2013 Triathlon to be held on 8th June in Scotland to raise funds in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support.
This is the third Samworth Brothers Charity Challenge and past events have helped raise more than £850,000 to benefit charities throughout the UK.
This year the triathlon is being held in Loch Lomond, Scotland, and team Tamar Labels, aptly nicknamed "In-traction", will be enduring a ride of 44km, followed by a canoe race of 10km, and completing the course by running 15km.
The Tamar labels team is led by production manager Ricky Hann (pictured bottom left), with colleagues Dave Helcoop, Paul Turner, and Adrian High who all hope to raise as much as possible for their chosen charity - Macmillan Cancer Support.
“Training for the event has certainly not been an easy ride,” says Ricky Hann. “Some of the lads have been training early in the morning before work as well as going out in the evenings. This includes running around Tavistock and then walking on Dartmoor after dark. This is our first ever charity event and all the guys have been training incredibly hard, so we would really appreciate as much support as we can possibly get to help us hit our £2,000 target.”
If you would like to pledge your support to this extremely worthwhile cause, please support the lads by making a donation via the team’s Just Giving webpage below.
Coca-Cola produces 800m personalised labels for Share a Coca-Cola campaign
Some 800 million high-quality personalised labels were produced on HP Indigo WS6000 series Digital Presses for Coca-Cola’s biggest-ever personalised brand campaign - Share a Coca-Cola – which was launched across Europe last month.
The project was led by ESHUIS, a label converter based in Dalfsen, Netherlands. It consisted of eight label converters across Europe who coordinated production of the personalised labels on 12 HP Indigo WS6000 series Digital Presses. The presses ran 24 hours per day for approximately three months to produce almost 800 million labels, the largest job on record for the HP Indigo WS6000 series Digital Presses.
The campaign is designed to help Coca-Cola to engage directly with its consumers in 32 countries. It substitutes the iconic Coca-Cola logo on bottles of Coca-Cola, Coca-Cola light and Coca-Cola Zero with 150 of the most popular first names, nicknames and terms of affection in each country and is supported by a fully integrated marketing programme to connect consumers online.
“Packaging plays a critical role in the Share a Coca-Cola campaign because it connects the physical bottle with online communication channels, including social media and user-generated content sites,” says Marit Kroon, marketing manager, Europe, Coca-Cola. “The ability to personalise such a high volume of labels with HP Indigo Digital Presses, while achieving the quality and consistency that Coca-Cola requires, opens up new possibilities for creative campaigns moving forward.”
The static content on the labels for this project was first printed conventionally on a 38-micron BOPP wraparound material and then personalised with the names using HP Indigo WS6000 series Digital Presses. All of the HP Indigo Digital Presses used for this project were set to the same configuration and settings for complete alignment and consistency during production.
Additionally, to ensure the Coca-Cola brand colour was maintained across all machines, HP Indigo formulated the Coca-Cola Red Ink. This ink served as the benchmark for all of the conventional and digital printing for the Share a Coca-Cola campaign. It also will serve as the reference colour for Coca-Cola in the future.
Along with the physical Coca-Cola packages, the Share a Coca-Cola portal provides a platform for consumers to experience the Share a Coca-Cola campaign virtually with friends and family across the world. Consumers can use the website to create and personalise virtual cans to send to Facebook friends. They also can share content and find out about local Coca-Cola events.